Well folks, as promised… here are the details of the charity that I’ve chosen for donation of all royalties from the sales of the Once Upon A Time short story collection…
It’s the National Literacy Trust
I spoke to Lorna Taylor, Corporate Partnerships Manager, and she sent me a few facts and figures about literacy in the UK that might shock you…
- One in six people in the UK struggle with their literacy (that means that their skills are below that expected of the average 11 year old)
- One in three children in the UK don’t own a book of their own
- 42% of UK firms are dissatisfied with school leavers use of English.
- 12% of employers provided remedial literacy training for graduates.
- 22% of men and 30% of women with literacy below entry level 2 live in nonworking households.
- Men who improve their literacy rates see their likelihood of being on state benefits reduced from 19% to 6%.
- Men and women with the poorest literacy or numeracy skills were the least likely to have voted in the 1987 and 1997 general elections.
- Individuals with low literacy levels are more likely to live in overcrowded housing with reduced access to technology.
- A literate family is less likely to experience divorce, as divorce rates amongst those with high literacy are low, and significantly lower than those with poor literacy.
The trust do a hell of a lot to help with these issues, for both children and adults – you can read more about the projects here. But like all great charities, they rely on donations to help them achieve their goals.
Did you know that:
- £7 could give a child a free book and motivate them to read through an inspiriational event.
- £10 could support a reading session for three families, helping them gain the skills they need to support their children’s literacy.
- £20 could allow two disadvantaged teenagers to improve their communication skills in preparation for working life.
As I may have said somewhere before, I think short stories are a great way to encourage reading – not just for us with our busy lives, but for others, where reading even one of our 1-page tales is a massive achievement.
Something to think about…
[Hopefully on kindle soon, too – I’ll update when it’s available]